NHL Game Summary - Washington at San Jose|
(Saturday, January 7th)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Washington 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists, as
the Sharks rolled to a 5-2 win over the Capitals on Saturday.
Jason Demers, Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Torrey Mitchell also scored
for the Sharks, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Antti Niemi made 28
saves in the win.
Dennis Wideman scored and assisted on Joel Ward's goal for the Capitals, who
saw their four-game win streak come to an end. They have not won in San Jose
since 1993. Tomas Vokoun stopped 34 shots in the setback.
"They're a tough team to play against for a goalie," Vokoun said of the
Sharks. "They go to the net hard."
Demers put the Sharks on top five minutes into the second, knocking in a
rebound amidst a scrum after a Jamie McGinn slapshot. Wideman made it 1-1 with
a power play goal just 1:22 later, but landed in the penalty box for high-
sticking towards the end of the second. Burns took advantage, driving home a
slap shot from the blue line with nine seconds remaining.
Ward's first goal since November 5 tied the game 44 seconds into the third,
but Marleau answered with a wrister past Vokoun just 16 seconds later.
This time the Sharks didn't relinquish the lead. At 8:51, Vlasic received a
Ryane Clowe center-ice feed and peppered Vokoun with a pair of shots before
driving home his own rebound for a 4-2 advantage, and Mitchell capped the
scoring with an empty netter.
"You don't want to have those momentum swings like that, but that's how the
game went and I think we managed it well," said Demers.
This was the first of two meetings between the teams...The Capitals have 11
losses and a tie in their last 12 visits to San Jose...The Sharks are 14-7-2
at home this season...Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik skated in his 1,346th
career game. He is now tied with Mats Sundin for 44th in NHL history in games
01/08 02:26:02 ET